Yes indeed there is a competition between Martin Biron and Johan Hedberg for the Rangers’ backup goaltending spot behind Henrik Lundqvist.

“I would say yes in the sense that we invited Hedberg at the last minute and if we brought him in obviously we’re going to give him a chance” coach Alain Vigneault said on Friday. “Marty is aware of it. We had a discussion.”

Biron who spent the past two seasons backing up Lundqvist skated with the club for the first time after having missed the opening two days of camp in order to return to his offseason home in Buffalo to deal with a personal issue.

“The organization has to do what it thinks is best” said Biron who did not discuss the personal matter that kept him away. “Moose [Hedberg] is a great guy — we talked this morning — but I’m here.